I have not read any of these materials before, but having had spent time talking about the relationship between justice and the law from a religious standpoint with both MLK and Dr. Cone, I am curious to what this new perspective will be. We have also already listened to part 1 of Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s podcast in which she discusses her point of view about the criminal justice system, suggesting that the current system be replaced with restorative justice. I am curious as to what else she has to say in part 2.

In Dubler’s and Lloyd’s piece “The Political…


I have not read any of this week’s material before, but we have read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow piece, which also discusses the topic of incarceration. With that being said, I have learned about the clear injustices that go with criminal justice system not only when you go, but also when you come out. I am curious as to what this week’s materials will add to my current knowledge.

This week’s materials were very thought provoking. Specifically, I would like to focus on this idea of “community restorative justice” discussed in Ransby’s work. The idea of abolishing the…


I have not engaged with any of these materials before. My question before reading is what is meant by “the end of the world?” How is BLM involved in the Apocalypse?

This week’s material was super interesting and thought provoking. In the “Reflections from Black Activism” article, the declare the “end of the world” implies that systems of domination have captured the world. In our current world, this can be translated to anti-black racism. In order to rebuild society without power structures, the end of the world must happen first. BLM can be seen as as having apocalyptic goals, as…


After heavily engaging with materials from prior focuses, such as the history of black oppression and black religion, I was excited to start tying it all together to the current day BLM Movement. Based on some works we have already worked with, I was familiar with the ideas that the BLM Movement is considered very separate from the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was lead by men of color and heavily involved religious spirit as a driving force for the movement. On the other hand, the BLM Movement incorporates not only black women leaders, but black queer woman…


Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement documentary was an extremely powerful and emotional short film that chronologically followed the development and carrying out of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Something that really struck me throughout it was the amount of power social media and video-recording has. Police were not able to escape the proof of their brutal treatment of black people because a camera was on them the entire time. Specifically, the videos of the rallies in Ferguson where black protestors are seen being dragged on the floor, tear gassed, aimed at, pushed over, beat up etc. really helped…


I have not read any of the works assigned for this week in the past. However, it was mentioned in class that this was going to be a response to Cone from women who felt he had left out a critical argument : the oppression of black women within the larger oppressed black community. With this being said, I am looking forward to hearing their argument. I personally did not find myself aligning in a lot of what Dr. Cone said, so I am curious if I align with these women.

The Womanist Theology piece brings up really interesting points…


Before engaging in this week’s material, I had no knowledge about the works of Dr. Cone, however, I was familiar with Dr. King. I knew of the Birmingham Jail Letter King wrote which discussed the ideas of what just vs unjust laws are, as well as the emotional paragraph in which he describes the effects racism has had on his family and children. With this being said my question going into the readings was how are Dr. King’s ideas going to connect with those of Dr. Cone?

Dr. Cone takes a very intense and non-negotiable stance on what he believes…


I do not know what to expect from this reading, as I have never engaged in these materials before. However, knowing these materials will be engaging with the topic of how black slave history has followed black people til now, I do have some questions. What is a day in the life of a black person, whose history consists of oppression and enslavement? Are there solutions to the problem of black inequality? What is the best way to go about changing society? Is it not to change it all?

After engaging in the material, there are a lot of fascinating…


I had always heard of the work “The New Jim Crow,” but had never engaged in the material or knew what it was about. Before reading, I wondered “How is the Jim Crow Era being continued in today’s world?” I was excited to read it, as I knew the piece has recieved such positive feedback, especially during these times in the BLM Movement. In addition, I had never seen the documentary “Pushout: The Criminilization of Black Girls in Schools.” …


The history of black enslavement, and all of the portrayals and stereotypes that sprung out of that is a topic I only knew to a certain extent. While growing up, you learn in school about systematic racism, including the history of slavery and oppression. I knew about the barbaric treatment of the slaves, the African Slave Trade, and the notion that black people were seen as animals. However, after reading the materials and watching the short clip on “The Birth of a Nation,” I feel I am much more educated on the topic of black history. In the piece “Look…

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